Small is Beautiful

This is the phrase that came to mind after I bought a tiny, original, oil painting in a local charity shop and so this is what I Googled. I had no idea that the phrase was originally the title of a book by E F Schumacher. The book is called Small is Beautiful A Study of Economics. However the phrase came from his teacher, Leopoldo Kohr, who inspired a movement opposed to the “cult of bigness” describing himself as a philosophical anarchist and I could go on….

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Mr Schumacher below:

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The painting that brought all this on:

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The actual painting measures 6cm x 9cm. There is no clue about where it is or who painted it.

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Are you still there, Richard Wood?

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Richard wood wrote this message back in 1979 and placed it with the stamped, addressed postcard in an envelope on the back of his watercolour entitled Clapdale. Clapdale is a small dale in the Yorkshire Dales (a dale is the old Nordic/Germanic word for a valley). This is Clapdale:

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Richard Wood however lived in Holmbrook, a village in the same area of Cumbria. I say “lived” because I can find no record of him living there now and I fear that if I sent the postcard in the hope that he was still around I would never see it again and I would like to keep it with the painting. I think, sadly, I may be 35 years too late for some more information. The painting itself is a rather beautiful view from a window:

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